Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases, or COPD, is a condition that obstructs the flow of air to and from the lungs. The most common types of COPD are emphysema and chronic bronchitis. COPD is treatable, but in many cases, the symptoms are disregarded as part of the normal aging process (COPD tends to develop after the age of forty.) The earlier COPD is diagnosed and treated, the greater the chance of maintaining a satisfactory quality of life. There are many symptoms that people can look out for which may indicate COPD.
Shortness of breath. One of the first signs of COPD, shortness of breath is aptly described by sufferers as a disconcerting sensation of air hunger. When the lungs have to work that much harder to move air, it results in labored breathing. Getting winded easily even when performing normal activities can indicate the existence of COPD. This is especially for those who are middle-aged and/or a smoker.